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Business Success at International Facilities

AMF Engineering

AMF Engineering has won a contract from ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) Project worth €860K. AMF Engineering will be supplying one of the most important parts for ESRF’s new 844m circumference storage ring; the mechanical parts of the longitudinal magnets. These magnets designed by the ESRF feature a new technology which significantly reduces costs as it does not require water cooling or electricity. AMF have been working with ESRF since meeting them in 2012 at an STFC Meet the buyer event. Kostas Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, from AMF Engineering said: “Here at AMF, we believe that working closely with innovative organisations such as ESRF has always been our strategy to improve our skill sets, invest in cutting edge technology, attract new markets and as a result remaining competitive in this rapidly changing global market place.”

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Arcade UK Ltd

Arcade UK Ltd, a company specialising in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning have won £1 million worth of contracts at CERN from 2011 to 2013. Mike West, Managing Director said: “The projects that we have contributed to at CERN over the last year have had a significant impact on our business – our work there has led to an expansion in our engineering team and we have seen a positive increase in this year’s turnover.”

AS Scientific

AS Scientific, a global supplier of low temperature engineering equipment, won several contracts from CERN which led to an invitation to join a consortium for work at ITER on a €53 million project. The company expect to gain £2-3 million in sales from the project.


In 2014, BIOS IT, a high performance computing and consultancy company, won contracts totalling £3.2 million to supply specialist IT to CERN. These contracts, which enable the testing of new solutions, have been beneficial for the company in terms of credibility and capability. “The CERN team are very open and we’ve been able to discuss the latest technologies and applications with them. Working with CERN has given us a lot of credibility in the market… and demonstrated to global suppliers that we have the capability to deliver into a large research establishment. Our name is now recognised globally by the suppliers and that benefits us in terms of negotiating better deals.” Ian Mellett, a divisional director at BIOS IT.


Midlands-based company Brandauer has won over 1 million Swiss Francs (CHF) from CERN to supply parts for the Large Hadron Collider. The family-owned precision pressing and stamping firm employs 50 people, and has been in business for 150 years. The first contract was awarded in 2003 for 775 CHF and this led to two further contracts for pressure springs, taking the total contracts above the million mark in 2009. The company also supplies the automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and alternative energy sectors.


In 2016, Centerprise won two contacts at CERN totalling approximately £2.3 million. For the first contract Centerprise; built, tested and delivered 25 petabytes of storage units alongside a 3 year support contract. Centerprise were then awarded a second contract for a total of 120 two rack unit quad node servers, which was followed by a further 15 higher specification systems. The first configuration batch of this delivery shipped in late December 2017 and the second batch is likely to ship by the end of January 2018. For both contracts Centerprise worked in partnership with E4 Computing Engineering and tested different solutions to find the best option to meet CERN’s requirements.

Centerprise were able to offer the optimal performance (SPEC06 benchmark) and value for money solution within timescales given against the competition across Europe. In order to achieve this, Centerprise works with a multitude of different manufacturers in testing their equipment to discover the data needed by CERN to make educated decisions.

Custom Consoles

Custom Consoles has won its first contract at CERN worth £112,000 for the design and installation of technical control furniture for two areas in the Large Hadron Collider. Following on from this, they have won further work at CERN including a contract worth £36,000 for a new control room for testing magnets. “Having worked extensively in the UK science industry for such clients as STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Diamond Light Source, the further securement of a contract with CERN will undoubtedly enable us to continue our expansion into the European science industry.” Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles.

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UK Company Dataracks has supplied equipment to CERN’s new network hub. Dataracks won the contract to supply 150 racks along with hot and cold aisle containment for high performance computing equipment following the company’s participation in one of the regular industry events arranged by the Department of International Trade and STFC.

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F2 Chemicals

F2 Chemicals have won a £2 million contract to supply CERN with chemical coolants for the Large Hadron Collider. F2 Chemicals reported that working with CERN led to a boost in their sales and market image.


In December 2017, Norcott won a contract from CERN worth over £800,000 for the supply of 900 beam instrumentation electronic modules to fulfil new requirements for back-end processing electronics. These will be used to upgrade the injector beam instrumentation systems as part of the LIU project and the LHC beam loss monitoring system as part of the LHC consolidation project.

Norcott were first introduced to CERN on a trade mission (UK@CERN) organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in conjunction with STFC. At UK@CERN Norcott were provided with a tailored programme of one-to-one meetings with key buyers at CERN giving them the opportunity to learn how to work with CERN and build relationships with key individuals. The size and scale of CERN surprised Norcott when they visited and they recognised the challenge of identifying suitable contacts and the importance of developing and maintaining relationships with key CERN staff. The contacts made during UK@CERN have been invaluable in Norcott’s success at CERN and have helped them to be awarded contracts for the manufacture of prototypes and NPI builds; such contracts have totalled approximately £215,000 since 2013.

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SCISYS won a £50k contract with ESO for a software project to provide architectural design for the Telescope Control System of the ELT. This experience enabled them to win an initial £90K contract for the pre-construction of the Square Kilometre Array.

SME Hireserve

In 2003, SME Hireserve provided CERN with their iCams software recruitment solution, which directly led to expansion of the company and its client base. For example, following endorsement by CERN, the University Hospital of Geneva implemented the software to manage their 10,000 job applications each year.

Tesla Engineering

Tesla Engineering has won €7.8 million worth of contracts from the ESRF as part of the Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) upgrade project. They are supplying 400 quadrupole magnets and 100 dipole-quadrupole magnets which are essential parts of the new storage ring. The ESRF have been working in collaboration with Tesla on the pre-production phase assisting with the processes and tooling and they will continue to work closely together throughout the contract. Tesla will be using ESRF equipment to complete certain tests before the magnets are shipped to the ESRF. The ESRF team really appreciate the successful three way collaboration between the STFC, ESRF, and Tesla Engineering Ltd.

Tesla Engineering have a long history of supplying specialist magnets for particle accelerators to national and international research facilities like STFC’s ISIS and CERN. Tesla has won a £2 million contract to supply magnets for the ISOLDE and the ELENA projects at CERN. The demands of these contracts expanded the company’s capabilities. Working with CERN has also helped Tesla recruit high-calibre graduates who find working with international facilities stimulating. “Following CERN’s input, we are using optical techniques to characterise the magnetic field with lasers. This experience has increased and expanded our capabilities” Simon Pittard, the Managing Director of the Magnet Division at Tesla.

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